Great Irish Speeches

Great Irish Speeches

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"Great Irish Speeches" contains 50 of the most stirring and memorable speeches in Irish history. From the political oratories of Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera to emotive addresses by the nation's celebrated poets, writers and musicians, all of the included speeches have had a remarkable impact on the course of Irish and world history. Each speech is preceded by an introduction, which places the address in context and underlines its historical significance, as well as an iconic photograph of the speaker. Presented chronologically, the collection provides tremendous insight into Irish history. The speechmakers include: Edmund Burke; Michael Collins; John Hume; Henry Grattan; Mary McSwiney; Charles J. Haughey; Wolfe Tone; W.B. Yeats; Des O'Malley; John Fitzgibbon; Sir James Craig; Ian Paisley; Robert Emmet; Eamon de Valera; Alan Dukes; Richard Lalor Sheill; Frank Aiken; Mary Robinson; Daniel O'Connell; Sean Lemass; Maire Geoghegan Quinn; Thomas Davis; John F.
Kennedy; Seamus Heaney; Bishop David Moriarty; Declan Costello; David Trimble; Charles Stewart Parnell; Neil Blaney; Mary Harney; Michael Davitt; Terence O'Neill; Joe Higgins; John Dillon; Jack Lynch; Micheal Martin; Jim Larkin; Paddy Hillery; Bertie Ahern; Edward Carson; Liam Cosgrave; Tim Collins; John Redmond; Joe Connolly; Gerry Adams; Patrick Pearse; Garret Fitzgerald; and, Mary McAleese.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 190 x 266 x 22mm | 961.61g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 50 b&w photographs
  • 1847241956
  • 9781847241955
  • 781,777

About Richard Aldous

Dr Richard Aldous is the head of the School of History and Archives at University College, Dublin. He comments regularly on international affairs on Radio 4 and 5, Prime Time, Questions and Answers and contributes to the Irish Times. His published works include a book on Gladstone and Disraeli - The Lion and the Unicorn - Tunes of Glory and Harold MacMillan.
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Table of contents

Foreword by Colm ToibinIntroductionHenry Grattan "Spirit of Swift! Spirit of Molyneux!" 16 April 1782Theobald Wolfe Tone "Whatever be the sentence of the court, I am prepared for it." 10 November 1798John FitzGibbon, Earl of Clare "I am sickened with this rant of Irish dignity and independence." 10 February 1800Robert Emmet "Then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written." 19 September 1803Richard Lalor Sheil "Hold, I have seen the aliens do their duty!" 23 February 1837Daniel O'Connell "Be obedient to me, and Ireland shall be free." 1 October 1843Thomas Davis "Gentlemen, you have a country!" 17 June 1839David Moriarty "Eternity is not long enough, nor hell is not hot enough." 17 February 1867Charles Stewart Parnell "No man has the right to fix the boundary of the march of a nation." 21 January 1885Michael Davitt "The Land League repels the accusation, and counter-charges landlordism." 29 October 1889The Catholic hierarchy "Parnell, by his public misconduct, has utterly disqualified himself." 3 July 1891John Dillon "His heart still yearned toward the people of Ireland." 20 May 1898James Larkin "If they want war, then war they will have." 4 October 1913Edward Carson "Ulster is asking to be let alone." 11 February 1914John Redmond "The interests of Ireland are at stake in this war." 20 February 1914Patrick Pearse "The fools, the fools! They have left us our Fenian dead." 1 August 1915Michael Collins "Let us in God's name abide by the decision." 19 December 1921Mary MacSwiney "The grossest act of betrayal that Ireland ever endured." 7 January 1922William Butler Yeats "We are no petty people." 11 June 1925John A. Costello "The Blueshirts will be victorious in the Irish Free State." 28 February 1934Sir James Craig "We are a Protestant Parliament and a Protestant State." 24 April 1934Eamon de Valera "That Ireland which we dreamed of." 17 March 1943Eamon de Valera "The abuse of a people who have done him no wrong." 16 May 1945Noel Browne "The honesty of my motives will be attacked by able men." 12 April 1951Sean Lemass "100,000 jobs." 11 October 1955Frank Aiken "No one is likely to dispute the existence or the gravity of these dangers." 17 October 1958John F. Kennedy "Ireland's hour has come." 28 June 1963Brendan Corish "The seventies will be socialist." 13 October 1967Terence O'Neill "Ulster stands at the crossroads." 9 December 1968Bernadette Devlin "There is no place in society for us." 22 April 1969Jack Lynch "The Irish government can no longer stand by." 13 August 1969Liam Cosgrave "Mongrel foxes." 21 May 1972Charles J. Haughey "We are living away beyond our means." 9 January 1980Joe Connelly "People of Galway - we love you!" 7 September 1980John Hume "Sit down and negotiate our future with us." 16 November 1981Des O'Malley "I stand by the Republic." 20 February 1985Garret FitzGerald "People are entitled to a mature discussion." 16 May 1986Alan Dukes "I will not play that game." 2 September 1987Mary Robinson "Come dance with me in Ireland." 3 December 1990Maire Geoghegan-Quinn "A necessary development of human rights." 23 June 1993Seamus Heaney "The Ireland I now inhabit." 7 December 1995David Trimble "A cold house for Catholics." 10 December 1998Mary Harney "Closer to Boston than Berlin." 21 July 2000Joe Higgins "Ansbacher man." 11 July 2002Micheal Martin "I will introduce a prohibition on smoking." 30 January 2003Gerry Adams "Now there is an alternative." 6 April 2005Mary McAleese "Their deaths rise far above the clamour." 27 January 2006Bertie Ahern "Ireland needs to cherish its roots." 26 February 2007Ian Paisley "Northern Ireland has come to a time of peace." 8 May 2007Bertie Ahern "This is what Ireland can give to the world." 15 May 2007.Index of Notable PhrasesIndex
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